Academic Internships Office

Statement of Ethical Conduct for Interns

Pacific Lutheran University

The responsibilities and circumstances of an off-campus internship may require a standard of professional decorum. Interns must be willing to understand and conform to the professional standards of the internship site as well as to the terms of the PLU Internship Code of Ethics.



  • Interns are required to become familiar with and respect employer's/agency's rules and regulations (hours of work, holidays, dress code, workplace access, etc.)
  • The use of employer/agency resources for personal use (computer, telephone, photocopy, fax machines, and other resources) is prohibited.
  • Interns will not use controlled substances (alcohol or drugs) before or during work.
  • Interns will continue to develop the attributes of fairness, honesty, trustworthiness and integrity in the workplace.
  • Interns will carry out all assignments and responsibilities in a timely and competent manner.
  • Interns will assume a professional character established on sound ethical principles based on the primary tenets of her/his field.
  • Interns will strive to continually maintain, improve, and acquire new skills and knowledge related to their chosen career.
  • Interns will respond to supervisor's constructive suggestions for corrective changes and make efforts to improve performance.
  • Interns who foresee a change in employment status or experiences a serious predicament will contact their faculty sponsor or the Academic Internship Office immediately.
  • Interns will be sensitive to confidential and privileged information and conversations, taking care not to disclose such information or refer to such information or experiences that would in any way compromise the employer/agency, employees, the intern or the internship program.

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